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Chechnya prompts action

San Fran protest atrocities


Occasional Central Voice correspondent Michael Petrelis reports that San Fransisco’s record-shattering heat didn't deter about 25-30 neighbors and members of the media from observing the Russian consulate Sept. 2.

The group gathered to bring attention to the Chechnyian government’s treatment of LGBT people, according to media reports. See "What’s Happening to Gays in Chechnya by Central Voice writer Louie Marven.

Petrelis says he “fastened a large rainbow flag over my shoulders and it didn't make me sweat (yeah!), as I held a 'Russia -- Stop Killing Gay Chechens!' sign. Handed out cards and informed everyone I was representing Gays Without Borders showing solidarity with Russian and Chechen queer people.”

The Russians, Petrelis reports, carried out dozens of boxes into vans, more smoke and a nasty smell were emitted from the consulate's chimney, bringing out three large SF Fire Department engines and two dozen firefighters, and consular staff never answered our questions about what was burned in the fireplace.

Media outlet present included NBC Bay Area, Il Foglio, a center-right Italian daily publication, Slavic Sacramento News, KPIX-TV, various photo agencies and curiosity-seekers sharing their images and reports on social media.